Duet For One will Open at Vaudeville Theatre

Stephanie Abrahams, a brilliant concert violinist, who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy. Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend she consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann and through a series of highly charged encounters is led to examine her deepest emotions and finally to consider a future without music.

Kempinski’s play, premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1980 and enjoyed successful runs in the West End and on Broadway. It was subsequently made into a film with Julie Andrews and Alan Bates. Two of Britain’s finest actors; Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman, perform this gripping and deeply moving psychological drama in its first major revival.

Juliet Stevenson’s stage work includes Rosalind in As You Like It (RSC) and most recently Arkadina in The Seagull (National Theatre). On film she received numerous awards for Truly Madly Deeply and a BAFTA nomination for The Politician’s Wife.

Henry Goodman was last at the Almeida in The Hypochondriac. Other stage work includes his award-winning performance in The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre) and recently in the leading role in Fiddler on the Roof in the West End.

Booking From: Thursday, 7 May 2009

Booking Until: Saturday, 1 August 2009

Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 3pm

Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at Duchess Theatre

An adaptation of Michael Rosen’s best-selling children’s story. Join one happy happy family as they wade through grass, splash through water and squelch through mud on the hunt for a big bear. Are you brave enough to journey with the and discover what scary surprise is waiting for them on the other side of the dark forest?

Don’t miss this swishy swashy, splishy splashy, oozy, squelchy show!

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Spectacular New Season of Plays!

Although London’s West End has some amazing musicals, both old and new, there has been a feeling of them taking over by using some of the theatre’s usually more suited to straight plays or comedies. Now it’s time for the plays to fight back as the new season in town brings a wealth of new plays, comedies and revivals and some wonderful actors including Judi Dench, Jude Law, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge, Sian Phillips, Ethan Hawke, Simon Russell Beale, Helen Mirren, Margaret Tyzack, Dominic Cooper, Simon Callow, Prunella Scales, to name but a few.

War Horse
has now transferred from the National’s Olivier Theatre to The New London Theatre where it will play a regular schedule of 8 shows a week and is currently booking until 28th September 2009. This incredible play sold out every performance at the National and bookings are very heavy for the New London, a theatre that usually plays host to musicals, but is very similar in design to the Olivier with a wide stage.

Madame de Sade is the latest in the Donmar’s West End season at Wyndham’s Theatre and stars the legendary Judi Dench. Madame de Sade finishes it’s run on Saturday 23rd May.

Calendar Girls starts previews at the Noel Coward Theatre on the 4th April and is destined to be a big hit. It has already become the fastest-selling tour in history outside the West End with a glowing set of reviews. This is a stage adaptation of the hit film and stars Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge, Sian Phillips, Gaynor Faye, Brigit Forsyth, Julia Hills and Elaine C. Smith. This is the moving story of members of the Women’s Institute who shun their usual cake baking competitions and jam making in order to produce a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia research. The calendar causes quite a stir and the women find the sudden media interest more challenging than they could have predicted.
 
If you want to see the amazing original cast, you had better book your tickets now as the play will be recast after the 24th June. The Noel Coward has just been vacated by the cast of the musical “Avenue Q” which is taking a short break before re-opening at The Gielgud Theatre on the 1st June 2009.

The Last Cigarette by Simon Gray and Hugh Whitemore will transfer from The Chichester Festival Theatre to The Trafalgar Studios on the 21st April until 1st August. Starring Felicity Kendal, Nicholas Le Prevost and Jasper Britton, the play is an adaptation of Simon Gray’s memoirs, which draws on his relationship with smoking while battling cancer.

Duet For One is transferring from it’s sell out season at The Almeida Theatre to the Vaudeville Theatre on the 7th May and stars Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman. This is a powerful and deeply moving play about a brilliant concert violinist who seemingly has it all, but is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy. Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett, opens at The Haymarket Theatre on the 30th April and is currently booking until the 12th July, and stars Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Simon Callow and Ronald Pickup.

Taking Sides and Collaboration are two plays by Ronald Harwood, playing in rep from 20 May – 22 Aug. Although standalone stories, but subtly linked, both plays explore the fine line between collaboration and betrayal during the Second World War.  Both plays star Michael Pennington. Duchess Theatre.

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov, – in a new version by Tom Stoppard, opens at The Old Vic Theatre on the 23rd May and plays in repertoire with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (from the 29th May) under the banner of The Bridge Project, which is a co-production of The Old Vic, The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and Neal Street productions. Both plays star Ethan Hawke, Sinead Cusack and Simon Russell Beale. The season closes on the 15th August 2009. PLEASE NOTE: The seating configuration has reverted back to it’s standard layout using the proscenium arch.

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. A complex drama of intellect & sexual intrigue set simultaneously in 1809 & the present day. 27 May – 12 Sept. Stars Samantha Bond.  Duke of Yorks Theatre. Hamlet by William Shakespeare is the last in the Donmar West End season at Wyndham’s Theatre and stars Jude Law and Penelope Wilton. 29th May – 22nd August.

Phedre starring Helen Mirren, Margaret Tyzack and Dominic Cooper opens in repertoire at The National’s Lyttleton Theatre on the 4th June.

Carries War, based on Nina Bawden’s famous 1973 novel set during World War Two, stars Prunella Scales and opens at The Apollo Theatre on the 18th June.

Peter Pan Kensington Gardens – a magical summer event

Peter Pan will return home for the first time in over 100 years when a new production of JM Barrie’s “PETER PAN”, written by Tanya Ronder, will be performed this summer in a specially designed tent in Kensington Gardens. As JM Barrie wrote in “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens”:

“Standing on the ledge he could see trees far away, which were doubtless the Kensington Gardens, and the moment he saw them he entirely forgot that he was now a little boy in a nightgown, and away he flew, right over the houses into the Gardens.”

This new production of “PETER PAN” will be directed by Ben Harrison. A former associate director of the Almeida Theatre, Ben Harrison is one of the world’s leading exponents of site-specific theatre. “PETER PAN” will be designed by multi-Olivier Award winning William Dudley. He has worked regularly at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and in the West End and he has an international reputation for his work creating 3D virtual environments. Tanya Ronder has a reputation for outstanding adaptations of classic works including her award-winning “Vernon God Little” for the Young Vic and “Blood Wedding” for the Almeida

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Jerry Springer to Star in Chicago

HOT NEWS JUST ANNOUNCED FROM THE WEST END SENSATION CHICAGO

US talk show king Jerry Springer will make his West End debut on 1 June when he stars as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the smash hit musical CHICAGO. He will star in the role for a strictly limited season until 11 July.

CHICAGO is currently booking until 27 March 2010.

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ZORRO – The Action Packed New Musical!

Crackling with action and adventure, this new multi-million pound musical brings to life the legend of the masked Spanish hero, ZORRO, featuring music by The Gipsy Kings.

An ideal show for a great groups night out, this “furiously percussive and visually ravishing spectacle, all haughty head-tossing, hand-clapping, skirt-flailing and heel-stamping” has “plenty of swinging around on ropes, some excellent sword fights, real flames and a couple of jaw-dropping stage illusions” giving you “a tequila slammer of a musical. Viva el Zorro!” Sunday Times

“The Gipsy Kings flamenco inspired music powers the whole show with rhythm and passion” Daily Telegraph, making ZORRO an evening of highly charged, swashbuckling entertainment.

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The 39 Steps Media Reviews

John Buchan’s gripping whodunit – memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935 – has at last been thrillingly adapted for the stage. This hilarious brand new version is performed by four actors playing a minimum of 150 roles and transfers to the West End after a sensational sell-out run at the Tricycle Theatre.

Nothing has been cut from spectacular premiere of Britain’s most spellbinding thriller – the legendary scenes include the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the death defying finale in the London Palladium!

It’s the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year. Book now to avoid incredible disappointment.

All in all, ‘The 39 Steps’ was the best thing that I’ve seen at the Theatre Royal this year
BBC North Yorkshire – Read review

A thoroughly enjoyable production that both mocks and celebrates the spy genre

Onstage ScotlandRead review
 

 

 

A bally good show, by Jove!
South Wales EchoRead review
 
Spoof spy thriller roles into town: interview with producer Edward Snape
South Wales EchoRead review
 
Steps in the right direction
South Wales ArgusRead review
 
39 Steps to Heaven
Richmond and Twickenham TimesRead review
 
There aren’t many better ways to spend 100 minutes of your life than watching this
Living in SurreyRead review
 
Spies, music hall and shadow puppets combine to make this a memorable night out
BBC NottinghamRead review
 
Spies, Blonde and a Guy Go North by Northwest
New York TimesRead review
 
Wonderful show…
BBC NorthamptonshireRead review
 
Wonderfully inventive
The Argus, BrightonRead review
 
Now that’s what I call a triumph
The Herald & Post NorthamptonshireRead review
 
Winner Best New Comedy
Whatsonstage Award 2007
 
“Clever, very funny, imaginative and brilliantly acted”
The Guardian
 
“A dizzy theatrical game played with wit and versatility” * * * *
The Times
 
“Hugely entertaining… . Clever, witty, ingenious” * * * *
Sunday Times
 
“Dizzyingly entertaining show”
Daily Telegraph
 
“A wonderful triumph of theatre”
BBC Radio 4
 
“Rollicking fun”
The Times
 
“A joyous version of the Hitchcock classic. * * * *”
Sunday Times
 
“Just the ticket”
Evening Standard
 
“What the West End has been waiting for”
The Observer
 
“Hilarious. * * * *”
Sunday Express

 

 

 

The 39 Steps is now booking until 6 September 2009

The 39 Steps, which was opened at the Criterion theatre two years ago, now celebrates its birthday by announcing a further extension to its run and a new cast member. On 13 October Tessa Churchard takes over from Josefina Gabrielle to play the three female roles in this play, The 39 Steps is now booking until 6 September 2009.

JOHN BUCHAN’S gripping whodunnit – memorably filmed by ALFRED HITCHCOCK in 1935 – has at last been THRILLINGLY ADAPTED for the stage with just FOUR heroic actors playing more than 39 classic roles.

GUARANTEED to contain not only COMEDY AND THRILLS GALORE this brand new production is packed with cads and sirens as well as those legendary scenes. Gasp, laugh and be amazed at the Chase on the Flying Scotsman, the Escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical Bi-Plane Crash ever staged and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium and not forgetting the memorable and controversial ‘stockings and suspenders’ scene* and MANY MORE!

This spectacular production of Britain’s most spellbinding thriller which promises to be the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year.

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Cameron Mackintosh congratulates Jodie Prenger

Cameron Mackintosh congratulates Jodie Prenger on winning the role of Nancy in BBC One’s I’d Do Anything and announces further casting for his production of Oliver!

 ‘I’m thrilled for Jodie: she deserves this part and is clearly the people’s Nancy. She’s an exceptional talent with a fabulous voice and is an unusually warm woman – smart, thoughtful and extremely motivated. She will go from strength to strength and be a terrific success in the role of a lifetime when the show opens in January.”

Jodie will join a distinguished company of over 75 actors.
As already announced Rowan Atkinson will play Fagin; Burn Gorman from BBC’s Torchwood and Bleak House will be Bill Sikes; Veteran stage and screen actress Rosemary Leech is Mrs Bedwin, RSC actor Julian Bleach is Mr Sowerberry, and of course the three Olivers are Gwion, Harry and Laurence.

 Cameron Mackintosh will present Lionel Bart’s musical masterpiece Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with performances commencing from 12th December 2008 and press night on 14th January 2009.

Evening performances will be Monday – Saturdays at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. (www.oliverthemusical.com)

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Jersey Boys Exclusive Midnight Matinee

TheatreMAD is thrilled to announce that the company of Jersey Boys will be presenting a special one-off Midnight Matinee at 11.30pm on Thursday 25th September 2008 at the Prince Edward Theatre.

All proceeds from this exclusive show go to TheatreMAD, which draws upon the talents, resources and generosity of the British theatre community and its audiences through exciting events to raise money for those affected by HIV, AIDS and other critical illnesses.

Jersey Boys, The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four boys working their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of international pop-stardom.

‘This is an utterly wonderful show full of vitality, pace and power. The audience rose as one at the end of this true-life mega hit story of The Four Seasons.’ (Daily Express) The critics are united in their praise hailing ‘The phenomenal Jersey Boys’ (D.Telegraph) ‘a triumph of style, substance, heart and soul – A definite must-see!’ (London Lite)

David Pendlebury, Chairman of TheatreMAD, commented that, ‘Jersey Boys is such a fantastic show and we’re so pleased that the company has kindly agreed to give us this special Midnight – or MADnight – Matinee. We rely heavily on the support of people working in the theatre, particularly in London, and are so grateful for the time, energy and commitment that performers, producers, theatre staff and backstage crews give to us.’ (www.jerseyboyslondon.com)

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